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Best practices for helping patrons find NoveList on your library website

Your library has limited funds to spend on resources. NoveList is important to making sure your readers have access to the kind of books they want to read, but how do you make sure your staff and patrons are fully utilizing tools like NoveList?

Through your website -- both where the information appears on your library’s web site and how you characterize the benefit provided.

Pennington Public Library is one of our favorite examples. Their newly redesigned website is bright, easy to navigate, and shows off library resources, including NoveList.

Pennington Public Library homepage with NoveList button

Their Book Lovers page even includes a NoveList tutorial, so readers can better find their next favorite book.

Pennington Public Library Book Lovers page with embedded NoveList Tutorial

Like what Pennington has done? Here are a few more suggestions:

Put NoveList on your website where your readers go to look for books.

Is NoveList located where the people who are looking for books go for suggestions? Of course, the catalog is the first place readers go, which is why we created NoveList Select for the Catalog, but there are other ways to make NoveList easy for readers to find. Make sure they know to associate NoveList with finding great books!

Example: Durham County Library has NoveList listed in their “Find Materials” menu and on their “Reading Recommendations” page. Their NextReads newsletters and form-based RA are also on the “Reading Recommendations” page - a one-stop shop for readers looking for their next great book.

Hint: Sometimes there is more than one right place!

Call NoveList something other than NoveList.

We love the name NoveList and librarians respond to it, but readers may not know that it is their best tool to finding an awesome book. Don't bury the payoff for your readers! If you needed permission to call NoveList something else, you have it! Let your patrons know what NoveList has to offer them and they’ll be more likely to click and search.

Example: Check out Des Moines Public Library’s “The Shelf” page. All the tools to help readers find books, all in one place. They’ve highlighted what readers will get with NoveList, by labelling the link “Reading Lists by Interest.”

Example: The Kansas City Public Library makes the payoff of NoveList clear in their “BOOKS|MUSICS|MOVIES|DIGITAL" menu with the link, “NoveList: Find your next great read.”

Make searching NoveList easy.

NoveList Select for the catalog isn’t the only way to make it easy for readers to search NoveList. You can add a search box directly to your website.

Example: New Hanover County Library has a bright, eye-catching search box on their “Reading and Writing Resources” page. We have provided some simple instructions for creating a search box like this.

NoveList search widget

Example: Williamsburg Regional Library hits the jackpot by both putting NoveList where readers will find it “Under How Do I…Find a Good Book” and making searching easy.

Create an easy-to-remember URL.

Help a reader out! A descriptive, helpful URL ensures they don't have to work so hard to find that awesome resource. The one that makes you slap your head and say, “That was the website I was looking for!”

Example: Kansas City Public Library’s NoveList URL is http://www.kclibrary.org/novelist. It’s easy for a reader to remember, easy to type in, and easy for a reader to find in their search history. Plus, their NoveList page has information for readers on the best way to use NoveList and what it offers them. 

NoveList is more than a research database.

Making NoveList easy to find with phrases like:

Find a good read
Books and more
For readers
Reading suggestions
Reading resources

Communicate to your patrons that NoveList offers them more, and put books front and center on your library’s website.